Family Life: Christmas Time
by Diane Burton
I love this time of year. The decorations, the music, the excitement. Christmas pageants at church, children of different ages performing the story of the birth of Christ. When I was young, we had Christmas programs at school. When I was a teacher, in an effort to not exclude anyone, we had holiday programs. Now, schools don’t have those programs, leaving it to churches or private schools to fill the void.
Which brings me to my favorite aspect of December—watching my grandchildren perform. It started when they were in a Christian preschool. Every year, we would drive an hour and a half to watch our little kids put on a fifteen-minute show with each class singing carols, ending with a living nativity scene. Our kiddies were dressed in shepherds’ garb or Mary’s dress and veil.
Now those kids are older, and confidence earned while they were little comes in handy. One is into ballet who dances in The Nutcracker, the other a “show off” who does a great party dance in an unusual version of the Christmas story. I can’t wait to see what the younger three grandkids do when they get older.
Besides proudly watching our grandchildren, I’m glad they’re exposed to variations on the Christmas story. I don’t think we can tell this story too many times or in different ways. We all need the reminder that Jesus became one of us, that he was born a baby (the same way we all were), that he had a mom and dad who loved him and took care of him the best way they could.
Some of our decorations remind us of this event. My grandmother and mother enjoyed ceramics. They both made nativity scenes which they gifted to their children. Besides treasuring something they made, I love the reminder of the Christmas story. Our daughter collects nativity sets. Hers are a lovely collection made of various materials and from different parts of the world—a terrific reminder of the universality of this story.
I hope your Christmas is filled with joy that you share with your family and friends.
About the Author
Diane Burton combines her love of mystery, adventure, science fiction and romance into writing romantic fiction. Besides the science fiction romance Switched and Outer Rim series, she is the author of One Red Shoe, a romantic suspense, and the Alex O’Hara PI mystery series.
She is also a contributor to two anthologies: Portals, Volume 2 and How I Met My Husband.
Diane and her husband live in West Michigan. They have two children and five grandchildren.
You can read Diane’s “Family Life” column on the 3rd Wednesday each month here at Mustard Seed Sentinel